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Don’t Get Burned by a “Holt Demand” in Georgia

Georgia has a very specific law called “Holt demands” concerning time-limited demands made against a liability insurance policy. In Southern General Ins. Co. v. Holt, 262 Ga. 267, 416 S.E.2d 274 (1992), the Georgia Supreme...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 18 & 25, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Settlement/Waiver: borrowers permitted to raise affirmative defenses and counterclaims against lender where subject Loan Modification Agreement failed to include waiver of claims, affirmative...more

Court Rules Fixed Income Annuity Is Not A Security Under The CSL

Because annuity contracts involve the payment of money in the expectation of future payments, one might conclude that they are securities within the meaning of the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968. Evidently, that...more

Montana Supreme Court Holds Co-Insurer Breached Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in J & C Moodie Properties, LLC v. Deck, 2016 MT 301 (Mont. Nov. 22, 2016), the Supreme Court of Montana had occasion to consider what constitutes a breach of an insurer’s duty to defend in a...more

How Concerned Should Insurers be About Punitive Damages in California?

The California Court of Appeal recently published another opinion about the Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance case. The court held to its maximum 10:1 punitive-to-compensatory-damages ratio and analyzed whether this...more

Missouri Supreme Court resets the rules for collecting leaking underground storage tank cleanup costs in litigation

An impactful decision from the Missouri Supreme Court will likely affect how leaking underground storage tank (“UST”) owners collect cleanup costs from the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund (“Fund”) in the future....more

California Court Holds No Duty to Defend Under Liquor Liability Coverage Form

In its recent decision in Camp Richardson Resort, Inc. v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155707 (E.D. Cal. Nov. 9, 2016), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California had...more

Bill Caravetta Prevails on Defense of Bad Faith Claim, Judge Rules on Motion for Summary Judgment

This was a workers’ compensation/bad faith lawsuit brought by Plaintiffs Kenneth Ingram and Wiley Harrison, both truck drivers for M3 Transportation. While transporting Department of Defense cargo for M3 Transport, Plaintiff...more

Nickerson Redux: Five Lessons On Punitive Damages For Bad Faith Attorneys

This past June the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company, 63 Cal.4th 363 (2016), holding that post-trial Brandt fees could be included in the damage calculus for...more

Fifth Circuit Denies Coverage For Noncompliance With Policy’s Duty To Cooperate

In its recent decision in Johnson v. GeoVera Specialty Ins. Co., No. 15-30803, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 17530 (5th Cir. September 27, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit explored whether or not certain...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 21 & 28, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Condominium: allocation of square footage within the declaration controls where there is lack of clarity in both the perimetrical boundaries definition and the diagram of the lobby area in question...more

What's a Court to Consider After a Post-Suit Payment?

Most first-party insurance lawsuits are accompanied by a claim for attorneys’ fees based on section 627.428, Florida Statutes. The operative language of this statute has been part of Florida law for over a century, and the...more

UIM Carrier has Standing to Seek Determination of Workers’ Comp Lien

In the recent case of Dion v. Batten, No. COA16-63, 2016 WL 4088417 (N.C. App. Aug. 2, 2016), the North Carolina Court of Appeals held for the first time that an underinsured motorist (UIM) carrier has standing to seek a...more

California Appellate Court Takes Equitable Subrogation to the Excess

In California, where a primary insurer is found to have unreasonably failed to settle within its policy limits, and a judgment is later entered against their insured in excess of those limits, the primary carrier can be...more

Florida Supreme Court Rules Incorrect Denial of Insurance Benefits Can Trigger Award of Attorneys’ Fees to Insured

On September 29, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court held, in Johnson v. Omega Insurance Company (No. SC14-2124), that a homeowner is entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees after an improper denial of insurance benefits. The...more

Insurer Liable for Mandatory Double Damages for Failure to Reimburse a Medicare Advantage Organization for Medicare Benefits It...

Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v Western Heritage Insurance Company ____ F.3d ____ 2016 WL 4169120 (11th Circuit, August 8, 2016) - The federal Medicare and Medicaid Acts have been called “among the most completely...more

Florida Sinkhole Statute And Recovery Of Attorneys’ Fees Without Bad Faith: Florida Supreme Court Reverses The 5th DCA And...

In Johnson v. Omega Ins. Co., 2016 Fla. LEXIS 2148 (Sept. 29, 2016), the Florida Supreme Court determined that the 5th DCA misapplied and misinterpreted two statutes, the first providing a presumption of correctness to the...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Reverses $1 Million Award of Punitive Damages in Insurance Bad Faith Case for Alleged “Institutional Bad...

In Sobieski v. Am. Standard Ins. Co. of Wisconsin, 2016 WL 5436588 (Ariz.App. Sept. 29, 2016), despite upholding a bad faith judgment for an insurer conducting an unreasonable investigation and denying a claim, the Arizona...more

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms a Declaratory Judgment in Favor of the Insurer Where the Underlying Suit Did Not Allege an...

In Westfield Ins. Co. v. West Van Buren, LLC, the Appellate Court of Illinois, affirmed the trial court’s decision holding that the developer, West Van Buren, LLC (“Van Buren”), was not entitled to defense and indemnification...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 7, 2016

Foreclosure: debtor that agreed to “surrender” property in bankruptcy was required to surrender the property to the bankruptcy trustee and secured creditor, and lost right to defend secured creditor’s foreclosure action...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict in UIM Bad Faith Case

On Friday, September 30, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed a renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law that had been granted by the Middle District Court of Florida in a uninsured/underinsured motorist...more

Insurance Coverage – Insurance Fraud Prevention Act

The People ex rel. Allstate Insurance Company, et al. v. Daniel H. Dahan, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second District (September 15, 2016) - Under Section 1871.7 of the California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act...more

Insurance Coverage – Cancellation of Policy and Bad Faith

Trent Mills v. AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Ins. Exchange - Court of Appeal, Third District (September 20, 2016) - Under Insurance Code § 1861.03(c)(1), an insurer has a statutory right to cancel an...more

How Appraisal Protects Against Texas Insurance Code Abuse

Insurance practice in Texas has become somewhat rote. Typically, a petition is filed against both an insurance company (that is often not based or incorporated in Texas) and a local adjuster. In addition to a breach of...more

UK Supreme Court: Fraud Trumps the Finality of Settlements

In a recent decision that can have equal application in the United States, the UK Supreme Court ruled that fraud trumps the public policy arguments of finality and encouragement of settlements....more

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